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ex·plode / ikˈsplōd/ • v. [intr.] 1. burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion, decomposition, excessive internal pressure, or other process, typically scattering fragments widely: a large bomb exploded in a park. ∎  [tr.] cause (a bomb) to do this: the USSR had not yet exploded its first nuclear weapon. ∎  (of a person) suddenly give expression to violent and uncontainable emotion, esp. anger: he can explode with anger. ∎  (of a violent emotion or a situation) arise or develop suddenly: tension that could explode into violence at any time. ∎  increase suddenly or rapidly in size, number, or extent: the car population of Warsaw has exploded. ∎  [as adj.] (exploded) (of a diagram or drawing) showing the components of a mechanism as if separated by an explosion but in the normal relative positions: an exploded diagram of the rifle's parts. 2. [tr.] (often be exploded) show (a belief or theory) to be false or unfounded: the myths that link smoking with glamour need to be exploded.

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